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F. Luis Mora had a spirituality that transcended any one organized religion.  Raised a Catholic, he made many respectful references to other religions in his dairies. He wrote:  "Beauty has the dynamic power of a prayer."  In the painting purchased by Brigham Young University, he paints his religious philosophy: 

"There are many and wide various branches of devotion with (people) who have the privilege to minister. When I speak of "branches of devotion," I mean those professions which lead men and women to devote their lives to a great ideal."

 

 

The Eternal Supper, 1926,  Oil on Canvas, 75.9 x 101.6 cm (29 7/8 x 40").
Moses, Buddha, Lao-Tzu, Christ, Confucius, and Zoroaster.
Collection, Brigham Young University Museum, Inv. No. 840036400.
Exhibited, The National Academy of Design 1931. Watercolor study for this oil painting is in a private collection.

 

 

 

Homage to Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody, c1910. published as an advertisement by Steinway and Sons, as Harmonies Religeous, watercolor and metallic tempera on paper,  13 x 17 inches. Private Collection.  This may be a study for an oil painting, whereabouts unknown.

 

 

 

 

Francis Luis Mora, N.A. 1876-1940, illustration in oils, Prayer of the Women, c 1918

oil on canvas, 45 x 33 inches, unstretched, untouched, with notations verso, signed, stamped.  Documentation, original magazine and small watercolor study. With poem by Sara Teasdale, an early feminist and poet, and a friend of the artist mentioned in his diaries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

King Saul and David, circa 1900, gouache and watercolor on paper 19x17 inches, estate stamp on verso. Collection, Joss Grandeau.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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